Cute Patchwork Drawstring Bag

As I mentioned in my previous post, I needed to make a different present for my friend. A few years ago my sister used Pink Penguin’s tutorial to make a reversible bag, so I found it again and followed along. It’s so great! (See what I made below and admire).

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Patchwork Drawstring Bag

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Patchwork Bag: Flat

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Reversed Inside: Flat

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Reversed Inside: Drawn

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Patchwork Close-Up

I was able to match most of the corners. 🙂 Below are some progress photos I took while following the tutorial.

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Basting the Casing to the Shell

 

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Sewing the Lining to the Outside

 

This is a really simple and easy way to make a reversible drawstring bag. You don’t have to bother with top-stitching or anything, and all the raw edges are hidden. 

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Done with Sewing!

 

I thought it looked so funny when I turned the bag right-side-out, like above. However, you just have to shove the lining inside the patchwork. 😉

I’m giving this to my friend tonight. I’m sure she’ll like it! 😀

~Christina

BTW, if you make a bag using Pink Penguin’s tutorial because of this post, let me know! 🙂

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Pretty Fairy Pouch Progress

A while ago I began working on a present for my acquaintance/friend. After making the front block completely out of scraps, which took a couple hours, I decided to make a pouch. Well, after quilting it, I changed my mind about who I’m making it for. It’s too pretty to give away! I will be seeing my friend too soon to finish it anyway. 😉  (Yeah, every excuse in the book!)

Fairy Block

Fairy Block

Because it will require more effort to make into a pouch and I’m making it for myself, I don’t know when I’ll finish it. Hopefully sometime before Spring!

I have already decided what else to make for my friend: A cute drawstring bag! (I’ll post about it soon).

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

The Greatest Hunter Quilt Finished!!!

Yeah, I changed its name. I’m so happy that I’m done with it! Sunday mid-afternoon (two days ago) I finished it, hung it up outside in the freezing cold, snapped a few shots, bagged it, ran to the car, and payed a visit to my “Grandpa!” It all happened so fast! Unfortunately, because I was so rushed, I only took a picture of the front. My memories of what I did will have to suffice for the rest.

The Greatest Hunter Quilt

The Greatest Hunter Quilt

It turned out so well. I tried really hard to make it as flat as possible the entire time I was making it. There is only one small place on it that puckers! 😀 I was so happy because it’s been a problem for me to not get puckers and bubbles when I’m quilting.

Marking for Machine Quilting

Marking for Machine Quilting

Before I did the finishing touches of sewing closed the opening and making a label on Sunday, Friday and Saturday I worked for four hours machine quilting. First I had to mark it (that took a while).

Pinning for Quilting

Pinning for Quilting

Then I made it as flat as possible, pinned it, and sewed the closest line to the center first. I did this for the smaller panels, too. It took a total of 23 hours and 36 minutes. My siblings kept asking if it was done yet. 🙂

“Grandpa” was so happy and surprised! He really loved it, and said he would put it “right on” his couch.

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Pinning The Lion Quilt

 

Here it is! Like I said I would, last Saturday morning I recruited my sister Maru to help me pin this quilt. It took about 40 minutes.

Pinned for Quilting Lion Quilt

Pinned for Quilting Lion Quilt

Back Extension Strips

Back Extension Strips

The strips really are eye-catching on the back.

Plan and Chalk

Plan and Chalk

Okay, so I searched and searched. No matter what, I could find neither my soap nor my chalk-er. That’s when I pulled out this ancient Tailor’s Chalk. I got it from a garage sale a while back, but never intended to use it. It’s from 1949! However, I find that it works just as good if not better than new chalk.

Marking the Centerpiece

Marking the Centerpiece

Later on Saturday, I marked the center piece and started hand quilting. I was three hours into it when I finally got the hang of it, making the most stitches in one go. Five and a half hours after starting it, and it was done!

Hand-Quilting Centerpiece

Hand-Quilting Centerpiece

A few days ago on Tuesday I took the quilt out again and spent two more hours re-pinning it to make it as flat as possible for machine quilting. I already have over 20 hours into this quilt; I plan on finishing it this weekend!

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Happy Birthday Me!

Yesterday was my birthday, and it was so special! My wonderful sister, Anna-San, surprised me with a lit (flaming inferno!) cupcake cake in the wee hours of the morning (okay, it was 7 am), singing Happy Birthday! 😀 (Last picture). You can read Anna’s premeditated post about it here.

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

For breakfast, my parents took me out to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to go to. We chatted with the waitress, and the next thing I knew four waitresses came out singing Happy Birthday with a little lit rice pudding! 😀 (Second to last picture).

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Finally, my mother worked hard and made me a hummingbird cake. It’s kinda like a carrot cake, give or take a few ingredients. For the frosting, she used a cream cheese flavored Cool Whip Frosting. It was delicious! My sister Maru-San did a grand job decorating everything. (Though I noticed she added a couple extra candles to my cake, LOL)! 🙂

Surprise Birthday Rice Pudding

Surprise Birthday Rice Pudding

It had looked like I was (practically) going to be all alone on my birthday, but the day-of everything fell into place, and I had an amazing day. Also, I was able to spend four glorious hours with my two BFs.

Something hilarious: My brother always wishes for a snow storm on his birthday. This year he ended up with melting-snow-spring-like weather, while suddenly, a few days later on my birthday, I got all the snow! That’s Michigan weather for you.

Surprise Birthday Cupcake Cake

Surprise Birthday Cupcake Cake

A special thanks to everyone who made my ‘big day’ great. You know who you are. 

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Lion Quilt

The Quilt Materials

The Quilt Materials

Here’s the update! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the completed quilt front! Oh no! It’s just too big and I don’t have any space to take pictures. 😦 So yeah, I’m re-using the picture from my first post about this quilt. This quilt is twin size, 88″ x 78″. I didn’t mean for it to get so big, just that the center piece is really large on its own. Anyways, here is my progress!

Fall Colors Fat Quarters

Fall Colors Fat Quarters

After I finished the quilt front as I showed in the little diagram I drew in my New Year’s Eve post, I began working on the backing using the same black cotton as the front. I had bought six yards of the black, and the front used only a few more inches than two yards, but the few inches messed up how much I needed for the backing. It was short four inches for the width. I was wanting to use the fat quarters above for this quilt anyway, but there wasn’t any room for it on the front. I decided to put on the top and bottom these strips. They are very eye-catching.

Quilt Backing Extenders

Quilt Backing Extenders

By the way, in case you didn’t see the diagram in the first post, this quilt is not a normal vertical quilt ( l ). All the panels are horizontal (—), so basically this quilt is meant to be more like a couch quilt than a bed quilt.

Laying Out the Batting

Laying Out the Batting

After making the backing, I basted the batting to the front of the quilt, then I layed out the backing and pinned the front to it.

Sewing the Seams

Sewing the Seams

Finally sewing it! Yay! As I have added to my list of completed quilts, I have come to realize that I don’t like quilts with binding. The last quilt I finished for my mother was the first that I made without binding. I love the feeling of turning the quilt right side out, and feeling the extra cushion from the batting on the edges. It feels especially nice on the face.

All of the Layers Together

All of the Layers Together

When I finish it, I will definitely post full view pictures of it. Whether the quality of the pictures will be good or not is another question…

Quilting Plan and Safety Pins

Quilting Plan and Safety Pins

Right now I’m waiting to recruit my sister to help me with safety pinning it for quilting. I have a plan! Most of it will be machine quilted. (I will be hand-quilting the center piece).

I’ll keep you updated!

~Christina

First Border Center Block Done!

Butterfly Center Block With Story Booklet

Butterfly Center Block With Story Booklet

YES YES YES! Finally, the first day of the New Year, I finished the border for this center block! Here is what I wrote in the little booklet that goes along with it:

First Border Story

First Border Story

The border took me four hours to make. If you don’t know, this quilt and booklet is for a round robin that I am participating in. The center block was made by someone else, and the booklet serves as a record of what the owner’s quilt went through to get to the finished stage.  If you can’t read what I wrote in the picture above, here it is:

“After looking through my stash, I came across a nice blue cotton print and a silky polyester. I knew that I wanted to include a golden mustard cotton, and fortunately I found the only one at Joann’s.  I envisioned incorporating all three colors into the border, but I didn’t want the reds to touch.  That’s when I came up with the checkerboard design.   After sewing together the border, I found it was too short. I lengthened it, but after that no matter what I did I couldn’t get the corners to match.  I gave up and instead used a nice green and gold cotton for the corners.  And that finishes it!    ~Christina.”

Material Close-Up

Material Close-Up

That basically says it all. I was very fortunate, however. The center block was 10 x 10″, so I had planned on having ten 1″ squares together for the border, right? Well, after I sewed it, it was too short by exactly one more square. That little bit extra that I had taken away with the seam allowance ended up equaling the length of one more square (using the same seam allowance) to the border to make it perfect! So happy that it was so simple~ 😀

Unwritten Story Booklet and Quilt Label

Unwritten Story Booklet and Quilt Label

It wasn’t too hard to make the seams match this time around. I meant to post about this when I finished, but subzero temperatures, snow storms, and an unfinished quilt kept me away from the computer. Speaking of quilts, I’m happy to report that I only need to quilt the Lion quilt and I’m done! I will post about it soon.

Thanks for reading!

~Christina